Membership Information

Membership

Full membership in the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) is open to all major superiors of women religious, both general and provincial and their legitimate vicars, who reside in the United States and who belong to active religious institutes or to societies of apostolic life, provided these have been canonically established, and subscribe to the criteria for membership.

Associate Membership

Associate membership is open to women who reside in the United States and govern associations which have been established with a view to becoming religious institutes or societies of apostolic life, provided these associations have canonical status of a public association of the faithful and subscribe to the criteria for membership.

Affiliate Status

Affiliate status is open to women who reside in the United States and govern private associations of the faithful which have been established with a view to becoming religious institutes or societies of apostolic life. Those who govern these associations must be analogous to major superiors and their legitimate vicars in accord with their own statutes, which have been approved by competent ecclesiastical authority. These associations must have juridic personality as a private association of the faithful and must subscribe to the criteria for membership.

Affiliate status is also open to local superiors of mission houses located in the United States, whose religious institute or society of apostolic life does not have a motherhouse/provincial house in the United States. These institutes and societies must have been canonically established, and subscribe to the criteria stated below.

Criteria for Membership

Those accepted into membership subscribe to the teaching of the Church regarding those elements considered essential to religious life, including for example:

  • Consecration to God through profession by vow of the evangelical counsels
  • A stable form of community life
  • A sharing of Christ’s mission through primary apostolates committed to it by the Church in keeping with the founding charism
  • A personal and communal prayer life
  • A healthy asceticism
  • Sound initial and continuing formation
  • Form of government calling for religious authority based on faith

 

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Contact

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Washington, DC 20017-0467
202-832-2575

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